Extensive coverage of
Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

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Liberty Tech and Howard Move to the Semi-Finals


Liberty Tech 67

Fulton 62

Kendall Anthony (Liberty Tech) celebrated his future school's stunning NCAA Tournament upset with a sterling effort of his own.

The Richmond bound senior poured in 33 points and helped lift the Crusaders past a determined Fulton squad 67-62 in Class AA quarter-final action.

Richmond pulled the always dangerous 5/12 upset with a win over Vanderbilt this afternoon.

Fulton, behind 18 points from Jaeland Lawson (Fulton) and 14 more from Galen Campbell (Fulton), had battled to knot the score at 46 after three quarters.

Anthony took over in the fourth and Liberty outscored the Falcons 21-16 to arrive at the final score.

Matt Smith (Liberty Tech) added 13 points for the Crusaders, while DeAndre Barnette (Liberty Tech) finished with 10 markers.


Howard 47

Giles County 45

Demontray Suttles (Howard) nailed a foul line jumper with 3 seconds remaining on the clock to lift the Hustlin Tigers past Giles County 47-45 and set up a Friday showdown with Liberty Tech.

Barry Griffin (Howard) led Howard with 16 points in the win.

Levar Johnson (Giles County) led the Bobcats with 16 points.


String Music Observations and Outlooks


Saturday I took the day and went to the String Music Showcase at the A-Game Complex in Franklin for a day of tournament hoops.


In the 17 and under division the day was highlighted with a showdown between two of the states top squads in that age group the Nashville Celtics and Team Nashville.


Corn Elder (Ensworth) scored a runner with little time remaining on the clock thwarting a huge Celtics comeback and lifted Team Nashville to a 74-72 victory.


Caymon Dial (LaVergne) performed like a young man who knows how important this summer is for his future, finishing with 25 points on a variety of dunks, threes and free throws. Dial was at his best during a huge Team Nashville run in the first half that lifted his squad to a 47-37 halftime advantage.


Elder added 16 while Vari Craig (Riverdale) finished with 12 points. John Hudson (Dyer County) shot very well from the perimeter.


Daijon Williams (Clarksville) and Taylor Barnette (Kentucky) led the Celtics with 17 and 16 respectively, but the play of rising junior Demarc Richardson (Briarcrest Christian) is what caught the eye of all us in attendance.


Richardson, who would finish with 14 points, used his strength and size to overpower the smaller guards and a nice mid-range game to negate the advantage of the bigger ones.


According to sources on Sunday, the Celtics received some outstanding performances from David Howard (MBA), who scored 26 and 24 in consecutive games and rising sophomore Reggie Upshaw (Baylor), who performed double duty also playing with the 16 and under Celtics. Jamal Smith (FACS) continues to show marked improvement in his rapid development.


The Mid-State Ballerz East, playing with a depleted roster, got some outstanding performances from Caleb Chowbay (Mt. Juliet), Josh Erickson (DCA) and Zaonte Carr (Lancaster Christian).

Guards were in high profile for the Memphis Select in the day's opener. Robert Houston (Craigmont) and Myron Johnson (Hamilton) both played strong defense and shot the ball very well leading the Select to a win over a squad from Kentucky. Sam Edwards (Memphis East) is an intriguing young prospect. At a legit 6'11, he moves well for his size but must develop stamina and have someone show him some basic post play. He is capable and it will be interesting to watch his development.


In the 16 and under division, The Nashville Celtics were in a dog fight with a very good Arkansas Hawks in one of the later games of the evening. Upshaw was outstanding as he continues to learn his craft. Vonn Bell (Chattanooga Central) showed flashes in his game on the offensive end but must value the ball more if he wants to play the point. Joey Barnes (Ravenwood) has some height but really lacks strength. His skill level is high and he plays tough. He could be really good with some added bulk.


The Mid-State Ballerz West lost a heartbreaker to another one of those Kentucky squads despite some outstanding efforts from Maleek Hall (Kenwood), Robert Brandon (Siegel), Jay Gordon (Westview) and Devon Davidson (White County).

The Nashville Celtics 15 and under squad went on to capture the title on Sunday in their division. The game between those same Celtics and Select Basketball was a very good 15 and under contest with some very good young prospects on both ends of the floor.


Andrew Cowie (BGA), Jake Allsmiller (CPA) and Andy Schumpert (Brentwood) played outstanding in the victory over the eventual champions. Braxton Bonds (CPA) was himself equally outstanding controlling game tempo and firing nasty passes all around the A-Game complex. The growing young man also found time to score some buckets with an improved floater in the lane.


Jaylen Barford (Southside), Brandon Donaldson (Henry County), Daniel Norl (Kenwood) and Marcus Graves (Ravenwood) all played well, not only in this game but throughout the event. Norl is a big-time shooter, Barford can create his own shot and has excellent length, Donaldson is a beast and Graves is a smooth lefty who continues to improve his handles and scoring ability.

Week #4 Statewide Scoring Leaders

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Week #4 saw some interesting facts and scoring excitement.  


We also look for interesting facts such as 1,000 point scoring milestones and other things of particular interest. If we miss a player please feel free to send me an email at andre@tnprephoops.com and I will make sure he is noticed on the following weeks scoring list.


College coaches have told me this is one of their favorite features as it helps them get an understanding on the pulse of the new season.


Connor Peach (Greenbrier) is lighting things up in Middle Tennessee. Peach busted 34 points against Springfield and followed that effort up with 30 more against Jo Byrns.  


Jerry Johnson (Wooddale) is quietly becoming a Memphis standout; the sophomore dropped 32 points against Houston.  


Daniel Cartwright (Sequatchie County) reached a milestone notching his 500th assist along with 25 points in a win over Marion County.


The next standout from Bolivar Central could be senior Tre Polk (Bolivar Central). Polk notched 27 points in a big win over Jackson Southside.


Devon Bailey (Clarksburg) is making the most of his senior season notching 31 large against Huntingdon and adding 26 more against McKenzie.


Memphis fans and onlookers watch out for Tyrone Wooten (Trezevant), this young man had another banner scoring week notching 46 points against Frayser and finishing with 28 against Douglass.


Jay Cade (Gibbs) had a productive week in East Tennessee scoring 27 against Pigeon Forge and finishing the week with 26 against Union County.




East Tennessee

Cory Nelson (Grace Baptist) 40pts vs. Ridgeland (GA)

Justin Havis (Whitwell) 37pts vs. Chattanooga Christian

Ethan Hayes (Anderson County) 33pts vs. Grace Christian

Jalen Smith (Rhea County) 33pts vs. Ooltewah

Justin Havis (Whitwell) 31pts vs. South Pittsburg

Christian Chandler (Union County) 28pts vs. Gibbs

Andy Barnett (Pigeon Forge) 27pts vs. Gibbs

Shaquille Cantrell (Karns) 27pts vs. Oak Ridge

Eddie Hitchcock (East Ridge) 27pts vs. Howard

Cory Stroud (Heritage) 27pts vs. Bearden

Jay Cade (Gibbs) 27pts vs. Union County

Jacob West (Oneida) 27pts vs. Wartburg Central

Nick Litton (Campbell County) 26pts vs. Farragut

Demetric Johnson (South Pittsburg) 26pts vs. Richard Hardy

Jay Cade (Gibbs) 26pts vs. Pigeon Forge

Jervon Johnson (Ooltewah) 26pts vs. Walker Valley

Hunter Chastain (Bradley Central) 26pts vs. Red Bank

Trevor Shelton (Unicoi County) 25pts vs. Cloudland

Fred Matthews (Red Bank) 25pts vs. Soddy Daisy

Logan Brewer (Polk County) 25pts vs. Loudon

Daniel Cartwright (Sequatchie County) 25pts vs. Marion County

Brandon Walters (Howard) 25pts vs. Brainerd


Middle Tennessee

Austin Thurber (Community) 36pts vs. Eagleville

Connor Peach (Greenbrier) 34pts vs. Springfield

Will Holt (Cascade) 33pts vs. Fayetteville

Connor Peach (Greenbrier) 30pts vs. Jo Byrns

Logan Skelton (Hickman County) 30pts vs. Wayne County

Alex Poythress (Northeast) 29pts vs. Northwest

Peyton Mathis (Wayne County) 28pts vs. Hickman County

Kadijon Townsend (Giles County) 28pts vs. Summit

Jacob McLennon (Huntland) 28pts vs. Moore County

Jacob Saunders (Cheatham County) 27pts vs. Greenbrier

Ben Wankel (Mt. Juliet Christian) 27pts vs. Davidson Academy

Jacob Tucker (Perry County) 26pts vs. Creek Wood

Cannon Rhodes (Perry County) 25pts vs. Creek Wood

Christian Lynn (Goodpasture) 25pts vs. Gallatin

James Keith (Fayetteville) 25pts vs. Cascade

JaQuan Lewis (Dickson County) 25pts vs. Waverly Central

Darius Ballard (Antioch) 25pts vs. Siegel

Alex Poythress (Northeast) 25pts vs. Gallatin

Heath Mansfield (Lawrence County) 25pts vs. Loretto

Cody Jordan (Richland) 25pts vs. Moore County


West Tennessee

John Ross Glover (USJ) 47pts vs. FCA

Tyrone Wooten (Trezevant) 46pts vs. Frayser

Tyler Gadlen (Peabody) 39pts vs. Halls

A.J. Dodd (Jackson Central-Merry) 36pts vs. McNairy Central

Kenneth Milbrook (Douglass) 33pts vs. Trezevant

Jerry Johnson (Wooddale) 32pts vs. Houston

Jamal Glenn (West Carroll) 31pts vs. Big Sandy

Devon Bailey (Clarksburg) 31pts vs. Huntingdon

Alex Bran (St. George's) 31pts vs. West Tennessee Christian

Jeremy Jackson (Fairley) 31pts vs. Hillcrest

Anthlon Bell (Bartlett) 29pts vs. West Tennessee Christian

Darius White (Memphis Overton) 28pts vs. Craigmont

Tyrone Wooten (Trezevant) 28pts vs. Douglass

Darius White (Memphis Overton) 27pts vs. Nashville Overton

Tre Polk (Bolivar Central) 27pts vs. Jackson Southside

Alec Mulvihill (St. George's) 26pts vs. Harding Academy

Devon Bailey (Clarksburg) 26pts vs. McKenzie

Dontavious Sears (Manassas) 26pts vs. Kingsbury

Rayford Albright (Manassas) 25pts vs. Raleigh-Egypt

Darius Tomlin (Jackson Northside) 25pts vs. Hardin County

Hunter Lowe (McKenzie) 25pts vs. Huntingdon

Ethan Moffett (Fayette Academy) 25pts vs. Central Baptist

BCAT Hoops All-Star and Unsigned Senior Game Information

The annual BCAT All-Star game and corresponding Unsigned Senior Event is scheduled for March 17th in Murfreesboro.

Coaches please get your nominations in for the games by February 15th at the latest.

You can find more information at www.bcathoops.com or call Bruce Slaten at 931-256-0075.


Penny Hardaway Hoop Fest…An Absolute Must See


It's that time again.

Hoopers from all over the country descend on the Bluff City for the 2nd annual Penny Hardaway Hoop Fest.



Action begins at Dyer County High School on Thursday at 5:30 with the top ranked team in DII Christian Brothers and sensational junior scoring guard Josh Bougher (CBHS) taking on a rising Whitehaven squad fresh off the Tuesday night upset of second ranked White Station. Whitehaven is led by a pair of highly ranked juniors in Marcanvis Hymon (Whitehaven) and C.J. Anderson (Whitehaven).

At 7:00 defending Class AAA champions Memphis East and Memphis signee Nick King (Memphis East) tangles with Sunrise Christian out of Kansas. The nightcap features the host squad the 7th ranked Choctaws of Dyer County led by Tennessee signee Robert Hubbs (Dyer County) battling Charleston Missouri at 8:30.



Germantown gets the party started on Friday night with a 4:00 contest against Amanda Elzy out of Mississippi. At 5:30 Memphis Craigmont tangles with national powerhouse Arlington Country Day from Florida.

The top high school team in the land Findley Prep from Nevada meets Fort Walton Beach, Florida High at 7:00 before the Choctaws of Dyer County close the evening with an 8:30 tilt against Harrisburg, Illinois High School.  



Memphis Ridgeway and their one-two punch of Desean Dockery (Ridgeway) and Jonathan Burroughs-Cook (Ridgeway) get the festivities rolling with a 1:00 clash against Sunrise Christian out of Kansas.

Memphis Hamilton and the brothers Lawson, Dedric Lawson (Hamilton) and Keelon Lawson (Hamilton), fresh off a Tuesday night victory over Melrose take to the hardwood for a 2:30 clash of titans with Arlington Country Day from Florida.

4:00 action brings the 2nd ranked Saints of Briarcrest Christian and the state's top player Memphis signee Austin Nichols (Briarcrest) take on Fort Walton Beach High School from Florida.

Leron Black (White Station) and Chris Chiozza (White Station) lead the second ranked Spartans into the fire against the 3rd ranked team in the nation according to USA Today, Whitney Young out of Chicago. That contest will tip at 5:30. Be there.

Melrose takes to the floor at 7:00 for a showdown with the top ranked team in the country Findley Prep. The Golden Hurricanes welcome back Markel Crawford (Melrose) from injury just in time to do battle with this juggernaut.

Closing out the festivities the top ranked team in the state and #20 in the same USA Today poll the Jaguars of Southwind take to the court at 8:30 to tangle with Jabari Parker and Chicago Simeon, ranked #11 in the nation. Southwind will need big efforts from their standouts, Marquette signee Jujuan Johnson (Southwind) and Missouri signee Johnathan Williams (Southwind) in this clash of titans.


Session I: Thursday at Dyer County High School

4:00 Dyer County vs. Gibson County (Girls)

5:30 CBHS vs. Whitehaven

7:00 Memphis East vs. Sunrise Christian (KS)

8:30 Dyer County vs. Charleston (MO)


Session II: Friday at Dyer County High School

4:00 Germantown vs. Amanda Elzy (MS)

5:30 Arlington Country Day (FL) vs. Memphis Craigmont

7:00 Findley Prep (NV) vs. Fort Walton Beach (FL)

8:30 Harrisburg (IL) vs. Dyer County


Session III: Saturday at White Station High School

1:00 Memphis Ridgeway vs. Sunrise Christian (KS)

2:30 Memphis Hamilton vs. Arlington Country Day (FL)

4:00 Fort Walton Beach (FL) vs. Briarcrest

5:30 White Station vs. Chicago Whitney Young (IL)

7:00 Melrose vs. Findley Prep (NV)

8:30 Southwind vs. Chicago Simeon (IL)